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Plans to get rid of Bristol PCSOs scrapped

Plans to get rid of dozens of Police Community Support Officers serving Bristol have been scrapped. It follows a deal between the mayor and the Police and Crime Commissioner to share their cost.

Mayor George Ferguson was criticised for his proposal to reduce PCSO numbers by thirty and save the taxpayers half a million pounds. He's denied a U-turn, saying instead he's listened to advice.

Here's the full interview with Mayor George Ferguson.

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Mayor to look again at cutting city’s PCSOs

It's hoped cutting PSCO funding will contribute to a saving of £540,000 next year Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Mayor of Bristol says he will look again at plans to cut funding to PCSOs.

Following a meeting with Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police andCrime Commissioner, he said:

"She has made a strong case today, which I shall carefully reflect on.

I am conscious though that Bristol City Council’s spending on PCSOs is completely out of kilter with other regional capital cities, with Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Birmingham City Councils not funding any, and Sheffield currently funding just ten.

These other cities have their PCSOs paid for by the police, not the local authority.

Mr Fergusson suggested making the cuts in a bid to help save £35 million for Bristol City Council and £7 million for Avon and Somerset Police.